Knoxville, TN (May 27, 2005)–Waves has introduced two new units–the APA32 and APA44-M audio processing accelerators–to allow users to easily run multiples of Waves most CPU-intensive plug-ins. For example, the APA32 can run 6 IR-1 Reverbs, or 9 Phase Linear Parametric Equalizers, or 12 C4 Multiband Parametric Processors at 44.1 KHz.
The APA32 is a 1U rack-mount unit while the APA44-M, a half-rack unit that features up to 30 percent more processing power and nearly silent operation, is great for mobile use.
With the new APA32 and 44-M, connection is easy–there’s no PCI card to install, no need for a Firewire or USB connection. Just plug an APA unit into a computer’s Ethernet port, install Waves new NetShell software, and cut loose.
Users can connect up to 8 APA units to a single host computer using a standard Ethernet switch. APA32 and APA44-M units can be mixed and matched in the same stack. Because APA units use standard Ethernet hardware, users can expand their Waves power easily, without the need for proprietary gear.
The power of APA units can also be distributed among several workstations. With each machine authorized and using Netshell, all that’s needed is a V-LAN switching system to assign any combination of APA units to whoever needs the most power-up to 8 APA units per workstation.
On the Mac, Netshell currently supports Pro Tools, Cubase, Nuendo, Logic Pro and Digital Performer. On the PC, Netshell supports Pro Tools, Cubase, and Nuendo. More platform support will be available in the near future. The new Netshell software handles routing audio from the host computer to the APA unit and back. The insert drop-down menu in the DAW will give users the choice to open a plug-in on an APA or on their regular system.
Because the APA units themselves don’t require any special authorization, users can easily use them with any computer authorized with current Waves software. For example, if a user has Waves plug-ins authorized on an iLok, an APA44-M can be used to power Waves on a laptop for field work and on a desktop computer back in the studio.
For a limited time, when users buy either the APA32 or APA44-M they’ll receive two of Waves newest and most popular plug-ins–the Q-Clone and IR-L Convolution Reverb–free.
Q-Clone is Waves’ new plug-in that uses patent-pending technology to capture the exact sound of a connected outboard equalizer in real time: users adjust the sound on the EQ itself, click Q-Clone’s “hold” button, and the sound on that track stays just as if it were running through the EQ. Q-Clone allows users to use one hardware equalizer freely throughout their session, adjusting the sound of each track just as if they had dozens of that same hardware equalizer.
IR-L Convolution Light offers the same great sound and impulse responses as Waves’ IR-1 Parametric Convolution Reverb but with fewer controls for simpler, more efficient operation. IR-L lets users enjoy the same sounds as its big brother, including those captured at some of the world’s greatest venues.
The APA units will make their debut at the AES show in Barcelona this weekend, and will ship within a few weeks. All signs indicate a very strong reaction in the market, especially among Waves power users who use plug-ins such as the IR-1 but need more system resources.